Christmas Eve up north began with a family trip to the neighbourhood ice rink,
a reminder of growing up on the prairies
where my cousins had a rink across the road from their house.
Jude was so excited that the kids were going to be playing hockey!
We weren't the only ones that thought this was a good idea...
who could resist this beautiful sunny, winter day?
Halle was first ready and on the ice...
I couldn't believe how much she had improved since I had been here in October!
Kai loves playing hockey...
...especially against his Dad!
This is the ultimate northern Christmas picture!
Too soon it was time for Jude's nap so we had to head for home...
...after all there was a lot of day ahead of us still.
We took a few pictures in front of the tree,
before heading to church,
but Halle was having a hard time putting a smile on her face.
After church with the excitement of opening a few presents,
that had all changed.
Jude was ready to open those presents,
never mind sitting still!
The first present was Christmas PJs for all!
But the joy of giving was the best part of all!!
(watching their little brother enjoying his gift)
The rest of the presents would have to wait
until Christmas Day in the morning,
but oh what a wonderful day we had had!